Sunday, August 16, 2009


A podcast is "a series of digital media files, either audio or video, that is released episodically and downloaded through web syndication" (Wikipedia, 2009). These are usually downloaded to a media player like itunes where it can be synced onto a portable media device like an MP3 player or Ipod. One such program that is great tool for looking up podcasts is itunes. Itunes stores and itemises you digital media as well as a server for locating podcast. In the store section of itunes you can find all different types of categories that contain different genres. They range from Arts to Education to Video and TV. In the Education category you can find many different examples of educational podcasts. One such podcast I have been subscribing to is Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips to Better Writing (GG) goes through everyday grammar problems that are in today's society. It gives an example of when it has been displayed incorrectly and gives tips on how to rectify it. This podcast is useful for a teacher to brush up on their own grammar skills or to learn something new and exciting. As for students this podcast could help out the high school or university student understand and use grammar better. To use this in a classroom setting you could get the students to find an educational podcast listed in the itunes store, download it and in a small group they can explain to the class what it is about. The students could then design a their own podcast based on their previously chosen podcast to follow up the learning experience. Once again they can work in groups and collaboration with the teacher to design, write and record their podcast like mentioned in Kearsly and Shneidermans (1999) engagement theory framework. Picture - Ipod C/O


  1. Young Phillip, I'm liking what your saying about Podcasts :) they are extremely good for both educators and students alike, both parties can use them as learning tools. Podcasts are particularly good for teaching if used in the right context (e.g not just putting all your notes on it = boring) Podcasts in education should be used as a tool to facilitate learning rather than as learning itself. You presented some good ideas. Good work! :)

  2. Thanks Kim, podcasts are a tool to use to relax to and to gain knowledge. It's also information that is easy to access and free to all.